We originally partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support to explore people's experiences of being affected by cancer whilst also living with a mental health condition. Through our research and development we also talk to people who have been affected by cancer who care for someone with a mental health condition. Our aim is to better understand how cancer impacts upon mental health and how we can then provide the right support.
Passport to My Health and Wellbeing
We know that coping with cancer is hard enough but can feel almost impossible if you're struggling with your mental health too. We wanted to find a way to support people along their journey, simplifying the process and helping them to keep on top of important information. So, we talked to and involved people who have experience of living with a mental health condition and being affected by cancer and then developed 'Passport to My Health and Wellbeing'.
It's a simple but effective document that helps people who are living with cancer and a mental health condition to describe what they need from health professionals, to make life easier for them. It's also a diary for appointments, a record card for vital details and a log for thoughts and questions.
Ways you can get involved if you have experience of cancer and mental health
We host a monthly co-production group where people with lived experience get together to help make decisions and design new solutions that could help others in the future. We couldn't do what we do without the input, insights and support of the group and that's what makes this work so special and successful.
To find out more or to become part of this group please contact Sarah Jane Ashcroft on 01642 257020.
Ways to get involved if you are a health professional
We're always looking to connect the project with other professionals, especially if you work in mental health or cancer care. Our 'Passport' can be shared by GPs or other practitioners and is a free resource to be shared across Teesside.
If you'd like to know more about our work, request 'Passports', attend our steering group or be updated about our progress then please contact Sarah Jane Ashcroft on 01642 257020.
Working in partnership with the Recovery College we have developed a series of three e-learning modules. They were created to explore the impact of cancer and mental health and are available to access free here
For more information on cancer and support, visit Macmillan website here
If you'd like to learn more about cancer and how you can take care of your wellbeing you can access some useful resources here
Who is this service for?
- People aged 18 and over that live in Teesside
- Have been affected by cancer in some way
- Or work in mental health or cancer services
What happens next?
The Macmillan Mental Health Cancer Care Research Lead will get in touch and arrange a suitable time to meet with you to explain more about the project and the ways you can get involved